Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD has long advocated for the importance of prioritizing women’s health in personalized medicine. She is thrilled to see the Biden White House announce the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, which she believes will lead to better health outcomes and fairness for all.
In her research, Woodruff has shown that a lack of consideration for sex as a biological variable in published papers can skew the entire pipeline of work from bench discovery through therapeutic intervention. The Biden White House initiative aims to address this issue and promote individual health in various aspects such as heart health, immune health, and the microbiome.
By focusing on women’s health, generational health benefits will also be seen. Maternal health is crucial for ensuring better healthcare outcomes for future generations, and the initiative will address maternal mortality rates and provide better healthcare services before, during, and after pregnancy.
Woodruff believes that prioritizing women’s health will bring about fundamental fairness and help address longstanding issues related to women’s healthcare. When everyone benefits from improved healthcare outcomes as a group and as individuals, it leads to a more equitable society overall.